The Poison Apple Education Project™ was started in response to the growing concern that a developing child’s exposure to Pesticides/herbicides in the womb might be causing some of the neurological disorders we are experiencing in our children (see facts and findings). Currently, the rates of autism have increased from 1 in 150 in 2000 to 1 in 68 as of 2010.
We decided to pass along this new concern in the form of a nutritional brochure for new mothers, WHAT TO EAT FOR A DEVELOPING CHILD (please see brochure tab to print your own). The healthy nutritional information provided is partnered with our non-profit message to new mothers about eating organic. Organic food is an increased cost, but we believe that the health benefits to a developing baby are important. Outside of the new focus of pesticides on neurological/autism disorders, pesticide exposure to a developing child has been proven to cause ADD/ADHD, a lower IQ and cancer risks.
Since it started in the 1940’s, industrial agriculture has resulted in attractive appearing food. Chemical warfare was transitioned into industrial agriculture once it was no longer needed after WWII. Unfortunately, due to the result of the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 that states, “Chemicals are safe until proven dangerous,” this transition of chemicals into our food supply has not been proven safe – it’s only “not” been proven unsafe.
There is hope that the new direction of research into environmental factors (pesticides, herbicides, GMOs) as a possible cause of neurological disorders will one day show the full effects these chemicals are having on our children.
Like the story of Snow White eating the beautiful apple that she didn’t know was dangerously laced with poison; we are eating food that has been manufactured to be pretty, but might be just as dangerous as the “poison apple.” We find it an interesting coincidence that today the number one pesticide contaminated fruit or vegetable is the apple.
Please spread the word to anyone you know is pregnant, or planning to be, that eating organic is the best choice for a developing child.